Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Oklahoma House Resolution Opposes U.N. Convention on Rights of the Child

Yesterday the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed 61-28 and sent on to the state Senate House Concurrent Resolution 1033 (full text Word doc). The resolution "condemns the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and urges the United States Senate to reject its ratification." As Religious Dispatches reported last week, concern that the U.S. might ratify the treaty has become the focus of much activity by conservative Christian groups who claim that the Convention would prevent parents from disciplining their children, from forcing them to go to church and would stop them from preventing their daughters from having abortions. Conservatives began to focus on the treaty after Barack Obama, during the Presidential campaign, said it was embarrassing that only the U.S. and Somalia have failed to ratify the 1989 treaty. Supporters of the treaty say that no country which has ratified it has experienced interference with parental rights from its provisions.